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Approved By Dogs LLC

Dog Behavior and Agility Training

Annette Shannon

Agility trainer and competitor, dog behavior trainer, Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and AKC Tricks Title Evaluator.

  • Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers APDT
  • Member of Australian Shepherd Club
  • AKC CGC Evaluator
  • AKC Trick Dog Evaluator
  • Owner of Approved by Dogs LLC (2007)
  • ASCA Licensed Agility Club (Host ASCA agility trials)
  • Belongs to Group-Ruff Revue
  • Member of Dogs Gone Dancing
  • Member of Spokane Agility Club, Past President 2019-2020

Annette does continuing education (seminars and camps) and has studied a wide range of trainers:

  • Behavior:  Clicker training Expo's, APDT Conference, Karen Pryor, Ken Ramirez, Nicole Wilde, Emma Parson, Pamela Dennison , Patricia Mc Connell, Kathy Sado, Trish King, Ian Dunbar, Ali Brown, Dr. Sophia Yin DVM MS, Emily Larlham, Grisha Stewart, Claudia Fugazz, Pam Ried PHD and others.
  • Agility:  Sandy Rogers, Stacy Winkler, Moe Strenfel, Laura Derrett, Barb Davis, Susan Perry, Amanda Nelson, Ali Roukas-Canova, Jan Pinder, Greg Derrett, Ann Croft, Rachal Sanders, Desiree Snelleman.

Annette Shannon has been involved with dog training since she adopted her first rescue dog in 1992. Annette emphasizes modern, positive training utilizing clicker and verbal markers to teach a behavior to earn positive reinforcement. Annette works with dogs and their people on a wide range of behavior issues. She would like to work with the dogs from puppy to adult but sometimes that is not always the case. She specializes in rescues or everyday problems that might arise with your dog.

Annette's agility training philosophy focuses on fun, play, focus and working as a team with your dog to reach whatever level that you would like to accomplish. Annette taught at a local dog club before starting her own business with her husband Forrest in 2007. Annette started competing in agility with her English Cocker Spaniel and achieved Agility titles on Cooper before deciding to work with Australian Shepherds in agility. Annette enjoys the challenge of training with working Aussies. Agility is a fun sport whether you want to just have fun with your dog or continue to excel so you can compete.

Annette also enjoys freestyle dancing with her Aussie Mercedes with the Ruff Revue group. The Ruff Revue is a troupe of dancing dogs and their handlers. They perform at community event, retirement center, school, medical facility, or talent show.

Annette does tricks with Laddie and Porsche and has AKC Trick Dog titles with each of them.

Her professional dog training services include:

  • Group class and private training for behavior instruction
  • Group class and private training for dog agility for all levels
  • Behavior modification for fearful and reactive dogs
  • Clicker training instruction
  • Specialized work with rescue dogs
  • Other training includes CGC classes, trieball, tricks & games



Annette Shannon and Laddie

Pictured with Annette is Laddie, an Australian Shepherd that she rescued in 2006. Laddie presently holds titles in Agility and competes in AKC, NADAC, ASCA.

ASCA Finals & National Placements

2011 9th place Regular round 2 in Finals
2012 1st place Regular round 1 in Finals
2012 Three 2nd places in Nationals
2012 One 3rd place in Nationals
2013 5th place Individual rounds in Finals
2013 7th place Individual rounds in Finals
2013 One 1st place in Nationals
2013 One 2nd place in Nationals
2013 One 3rd place in Nationals
2016 3rd place Vet. Regular round 2 in Finals
2016 Two 3rd places in Nationals
2016 Two 4th places in Nationals
4 placements out of 6 2016 National runs

Annette and Laddie did not attend Nationals in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Titles earned on Laddie Boy Shannon

ATCHV Laddie Boy Shannon OA OAJ MXP3 MXPB MJP4 MJPB XF MFPB CGC TKI Achiever Dog Title

ASCA titles:  ATCH V (Agility Trial Championship)

AKC titles:  OA OAJ MXP3 MXPB MJP4 MJPB XF MFPB CGC TKI Achiever Dog Title

NADAC titles:  EAC, OCC, EJC, NATCH-TUNNLERS, TG-E, WV-E, HP-N plus other titles

Power Breed 10 Australian Shepherd
12” Perferred Ranking PowerScore

1st 2014
1st 2015
5th 2016
3rd 2017
5th 2018
10th 2019 (Age 15)

The Breed Power 10 is a group of the top 10 dogs in each breed at each height ranked by Power Score. The Breed Power 10 recognizes the fastest dogs in our sport by using average yards per second, rather than double qualifying (QQ) runs or points.

Titles on Porsche (Bearpaw Pooh Kisses)
Cocker Spaniel


Porsche does agility with Annette's husband Forrest and Annette works with her with Scent Work and Trick Dog for Titles

Annette has other dogs with Agility titles and CGC titles.


Annette Shannon is a fabulous agility instructor. We knew all along that she was kind, tactful, enthusiastic, and smart. She could manage incredibly diverse classes consisting of a variety of breeds, ages, and talents (dogs) and various levels of skill, talent, and dedication (humans!).